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Dante: The Inferno, and its relationships to the novel: Frankenstein

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Transcript of Dante: The Inferno, and its relationships to the novel: Frankenstein

"Dante: The Inferno"
and its relationships to the novel, "Frankenstein."
By Amanda Cruz
Period: 7 Who was Dante? A towering figure of world literature, Dante Alighieri is best known for his allegorical work La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy), which traces his imaginary journey through hell, purgatory, and heaven. Bibliography:
http://italian.about.com/library/anthology/dante/blaboutdante.htm
http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/dante.htm
http://www.enotes.com/authors/dante
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dante_Alighieri
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inferno_(Dante) Durante degli Alighieri (May/June c.1265 – September 14, 1321), commonly known as Dante, was a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages. Dante was born in Florence, Italy The Divine Comedy is composed of three canticas:

Inferno (Hell) referred to as Dante's Inferno

Purgatorio (Purgatory)

Paradiso (Paradise) Florence figures are portrayed in many of Dante’s works. He was exiled from Florence during the last two decades of his life. During his exile, he composed the Divine Comedy, which presents an encyclopedic overview of the attitudes, beliefs, philosophies of the medieval world, as pirations, and material aspects. What happens in the Inferno?
Dante travels through the nine circles of hell; each circle representing a punishment reserved for people that have committed certain sins during their lifetimes. The Nine Circles:
1. Limbo
2. Lust
3. Gluttony
4. Greed
5. Anger
6. Heresy
7. Violence
8. Fraud
9. Treachery How does this relate to the characters in the novel of Frankenstein? From the book, Victor Frankenstein became fascinated with natural philosophy at a young age; loving works such as Cornelius Agrippa, Albertus Magnus, and Paracelus.
Yet as we can remember from the Inferno, the first circle of Hell is reserved for those that have dedicated themselves to discovering knowledge for the sake of themselves. "Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the aquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes in his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow."
- Victor Frankenstein, page 31. Frankentstein with his knowledge wished to create a living being.

Frankenstein wanted to prove that he could be an incredible individual and become looked up to from his discoveries and work.


As a result, he created an artificial being from deceased bodies when he shouldn't have. Due to his want and craving for knowledge, he ended up creating a monster and was soon led to his fate: misery and suffering. The monster may be portrayed to be like Satan, being doomed to suffer for all eternity. Relationship to the book. Dante's Inferno may connect to the novel of Frankenstein as means of understanding the causes of human suffering.
Both Frankenstein and the Inferno also might be describing the ways in which people create misery for themselves through their poor actions and choices, therefore providing a warning to not be selfish or too desirable. Relationship to today Even today, people may be suffering through their certain actions. Both the Inferno and Frankenstein portray aspects of how human beings should love and care for one another, and live in peaceful, unselfish manners. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA9opHsLACk&feature=related The End "A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch. I had gazed on him while unfinished ; he was ugly then ; but when those muscles and joints were rendered capable of motion, it became a thing such as even Dante could not have concieved."
- Victor Frankenstein, Page 36
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